MEET THE CAST
Zhalarina Sanders as Lannie Daniels
Jovita Hogan as Janice Daniels
Bryanna Plaisir as Elizabeth Daniels
Tosumba Welch as Jay
FAMe is a musical short film about a young actress named Lannie Daniels. She has been given the role of a lifetime as the star of a theatrical production where she plays a character that is quite the opposite of her. On the final night of performance, Lannie’s mother comes to town and she is reminded of the unrealistic expectations of womanhood. This story is a about a black woman's journey to understanding the dynamic interplay of femininity, androgyny, and masculinity as it relates to clothing and family influence/tensions.
The purpose of this short film is to explore gender expression through the lens of Black womanhood and observe how clothing plays into others perception of the ways in which one is or is not performing gender. The narrative takes a personal approach and focuses on the slightly perturbed family dynamics between Lannie and her mother Janice.
Ike chose to write this narrative as a musical because she loves the fantastical quality the genre offers a tale. The overarching goal is to use the more sonic elements of filmmaking to highlight the discomfort in how audiences are meant to read Lannie and her mother's relationship. The tension between silence and music will help to communicate the whirling song and dance of this mother-daughter relationship. By juxtaposing the life Lannie lives and the life she is forced to live when her mother is present through song, FAMe examines the instinct to adhere to certain gender norms in order to avoid conflict, which still surfaces internally for both characters.
Initially, Ike's intent with this film was to present this story without linking gender expression to sexuality. These two elements are often associated, regardless of the fact that each term refers to a different facet of identity. The film seeks to make commentary on the commonality of the process of gendering people, specifically as it relates to how one's clothing serves as a mechanism for the construction of that person as more "masculine" or "feminine". While it is not the mere aspect of presentation on which Ike seeks to comment, in this short, but it is the responses of the world around the presentation which she hopes to engage in dialogue.
FAMe is the 'YELLOW' episode in the draping series line up of short films. Generally when the parents do not know the gender of their newborn they often choose yellow as a "gender neutral" color. In addition, as Lannie rises to fame, yellow pushes forth the notion of being seen or noticed.